Did I Mention the Birds?
November 8, 2007
Driving home from work today, I saw a cloud of birds that reminded me that I had failed to mention the, um, gathering of fowl here in the fall.
Let’s just say Alfred Hitchcock’s movie The Birds comes to mind. You drive by a field and suddenly there’s a black cloud flying up into the sky. The road ahead is covered in black until a car approaches. Honestly, I’ve never seen flocks of birds this big.
But I did see the coolest thing last week. I was, again, driving home from work, and in the distance I could see a black cloud of birds together in the sky. But they weren’t flying anywhere. Instead, they were shifting within the same space, and their shifting caused variations in the shading of their bird cloud. Different shapes as more birds flew to one side and then moved down and up. Reminded me of the fish in Finding Nemo, the ones that formed into shapes for Dorie to guess at and mocked Marlin for being whiney.
So it was very cool to see birds doing almost the same thing in real life. And much more comforting than thinking about The Birds.